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Hack your way into a Pinterest tab for your Facebook Page

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As a Pinterest user, you probably already know that you can share pins on Facebook from your Pinterest account, or even Twitter, and if you are so inclined, all of your Pinterest activity can be syndicated to your social networks. Those are all great things, but that only helps for personal use and none of those efforts are fruitful for your Facebook Page if you are separating your professional efforts into a separate stream than your personal updates.

There is currently not native Pinterest tab, but there is a way to hack your way into sharing your Pinterest page with your Facebook Page followers without being a programming wizard – we’re going to walk you through this.

First, log into your Facebook account, then visit the Static iFrame Tab setup:

To get started, grant the app permission, then tell the app which page to place your tab from the drop down menu:

To access the settings for your new tab and to get one step closer to being Pinterest-ing on Facebook, look down at the sidebar of your page and click “Welcome,” which is the default name for the tab we will change momentarily:

Authorize the app (again, yes, it is redundant), which will take you to the settings. We suggest the following settings with one modification – set the height of the page to 1500 not 1200 so visitors will not have to scroll up and down. If you have additional rows of boards, add roughly 600 pixels per row. Most settings you see below are the default settings of the tab app, and give your tab a name (we went with PINTEREST-ing which is what the sidebar will now say instead of “Welcome”):

The final product

There are pros and cons to the final product, but take a look below before we share our notes:

The first thing you’ll notice is that viewers have to scroll left and right to see your pins, but they can actually click on your pins and boards without leaving Facebook. Since Facebook altered their design, “tabs” are on the left side of the Facebook Page, so it will take a little effort to actually demonstrate to your page visitors that they can see your Pinterest page right there on Facebook – it is no longer a literal tab at the top of the page, so make sure to spell it out for page visitors.

If you want, the final setting option allows you to make this tab your default page for people who are not yet fans, but unless you’re going all in on Pinterest and it is more important than your blog, website or Facebook itself.

So there you have it, a fast and easy way to bring your Pinterest page to your Facebook page!

Update: an alternative, and more robust option now on the market is Woobox’s Pinterest tab.

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Lani is the Chief Operating Officer at The American Genius and sister news outlet, The Real Daily, and has been named in the Inman 100 Most Influential Real Estate Leaders several times, co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH and Austin Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.

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  1. Lynnette Walczak

    February 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm

    THANKS! Great tip. Appreciate your step-by-step instructions 😀 (…just wish you could adjust the width so visitors wouldn't have to scroll left & right)

  2. Tonja

    February 14, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    You must think like http://www.studiotrainer.blogspot.com she shared this same idea several weeks ago..

    It is a good idea!! Should be pretty fun to share your pins this way!

  3. Pau

    February 15, 2012 at 8:27 am

    That's a great temporary idea, sure Pinterest will setup this functionality soon. I would like to add a tip:

    Instead of using your regular url like " pinterest.com/losafiladores/ " use the Mobile url " m.pinterest.com/losafiladores/ "

  4. Theresa

    February 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks so much for posting. I've neglected my Pinterest page, now I'll add it to my Facebook page – that will motivate me to make sure I work on it everyday!

    @Paul Does using the Mobile url help eliminate the scrolling?

  5. Abigail

    February 17, 2012 at 10:05 am

    Thanks! super easy and super handy! Will be sharing!

  6. shannon olson

    February 17, 2012 at 10:45 am

    thank you!!!! great help

  7. Melissa

    February 17, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this. It is just the solution we were looking for. Keep the great ideas coming.

  8. Dena

    February 21, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    Is it just me…but when I am logged into Pinterest and view the Pinterest tab on FB, anyone can go into and edit my account. Am I doing something wrong? Also how do I delete the tab from FB if I wanted to?
    Thanks for the help.

  9. Dena

    February 24, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I hit the little x buy the welcome tab thinking that would delete it and I went to try and re-install the program but it is saying that it is already installed. But I can't find it…where would I find it? Thanks

    • Dena

      February 24, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      I figured it out…Go Me!!

  10. La Vie en Rose

    March 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Lani, Thanks a million, just installed, works perfectly 🙂

    Sharon

  11. Lee

    March 29, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for this tip! Will this need to be tweaked for the new Timeline format? My brand’s pages are already on Timeline, and the forced switch for everyone happens tomorrow.

  12. christopher gaston

    April 4, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I followed your instructions and now have the tab on my facebook page. However, when I tried to click on any of the link, I get an error stating the content cannot be displayed in a frame.

    Have you encountered this? And is there any solution?

    Thanks for the article.
    –christopher

    • NearlyNormal

      June 25, 2012 at 6:57 am

      See my comment for much better apps to put Pinterest on your FB page. 

  13. ShashankTripathi

    June 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

    For Pages, there are plenty of options. How should I do this with my personal timeline?

  14. NearlyNormal

    June 25, 2012 at 6:48 am

    For Pages, there are many options such as WooBox or Pinvolve. How do I get a similar tab on my own personal timeline?

  15. roxanaramirez144

    June 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    e-mail zilchex@gmx.com !  I did it for a FB account! and it was fast and great!!  

  16. EtsyBagalicious

    July 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    I had this set up on my Bagalicious Facebook page, https://facebook.com/bagalicious but lately when I click on the tab I’m getting a big “Unauthorized” message. Has anyone else seen this? I’m considering deleting the tab and starting all over but I’m wondering if Pinterest or Facebook is now disallowing this for some reason.

  17. EtsyBagalicious

    July 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    FYI, I did end up switching over to Pinvolve since I could not get the Static Iframe Tab to work again. (It was working when I set it up a few months ago but does not seem to work anymore and I’m not sure why.) Thanks to @NearlyNormal for the tip! ~Corinne

  18. Elaine Griffin

    July 16, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Hi there, I published a similar tutorial several months ago, and now I  and many others are getting the “unauthorized” message in our tab. Have you experienced this? I’m trying to find out what the deal is without switching to Woobox.

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Don’t let your Instagram vanish without a trace – have a backup plan

(SOCIAL MEDIA) In a weird glitch, multiple Instagram accounts vanished out of thin air. Don’t be stuck up the InstaVanish creek without a paddle… or at least a backup in place.

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Poof, gone

Can you imagine being locked out of your own Instagram account for no rhyme or reason? Well, dozens of people just found out, and they are PISSED.

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Thankfully, we’ve got a solution to make sure you don’t lose out if it happens to you.

First, some context

According to coverage from Consumerist, “Several Instagram users began complaining about the disabled or deleted accounts on Twitter today [July 6], noting that they received no warning or explanation for why their accounts were no longer active. The affected accounts appear to cover a wide range of users, from business owners, to fan and personal accounts.”

Via Twitter, Instagram did acknowledge a known bug causing the issue and said, “we’re working to resolve this as quickly as possible.”

However, the response came hours after complaints began, possibly because the issue allegedly affected a very small number of user accounts.

Furthermore, while Instagram gave instructions to users on how to reconfirm their identities and recover their account, they aren’t guaranteed to work.

So, bearing all that in mind, we here at American Genius recommend backing up your entire account in order to preserve your content.

Use what they give you

If you still have access to your account, you can utilize Instagram’s recently-launched Archive function. This lets you take photos off public view without removing them from your account; only you will be able to see them.

However, this does you no good if you’re already locked out, nor does it save posts that are publically available.

For that reason, we recommend a third-party backup option for your profile content.

A’int no party like a third party

You have a few different options. Our favorite one utilizes IFTT (If This, Then That). Using this automation tool, you can write a conditional function that says if you post a new photo to Instagram, it will automatically be sent to a cloud drive, such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox.

Along with the benefit of multiple storage options, we love this solution because you can set it and forget it.

That being said, it is not a complete solution; IFTT will ONLY backup up new photos, instead of old ones. To backup your entire collection of old memories, Instaport seems to be a crowd favorite.

Instaport is a free service that lets you download a backup of your entire account.

Once you download this backup, you could upload it to your preferred cloud storage provider, then set IFTTT to send future backups into that same folder.

Better safe than sorry

Using these tips, you can avoid being a total victim of an Instagram screw-up. Hopefully, this recent one will resolve shortly.

#InstaVanish

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(SOCIAL MEDIA) Most of us have a love/hate relationship with LinkedIn, but no matter your feelings, you should be the one who stands out in a crowd – here’s how.

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Your LinkedIn is your brand. That’s it. Whether you are job hunting (or people are hunting you), or are showing off your business, insight, acumen, or simply networking; your profile on LinkedIn needs to stay appealing and not drive potential headhunters, bosses, clients, or networking groups bananas.

Let’s start with a three part list of what you MUST do, what you SHOULD do, and what you COULD do.

Here’s what you MUST DO (as in, do it now).

  1. Get a #GREAT LinkedIn photo. Nothing sells you like the right profile picture. No selfies. No mountain biking. Get a professional headshot. Don’t lie about your age. Wear what you wear when you’re on the job. Smile. People are visual.
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  3. Keep it current. Your LinkedIn should reflect your career and current responsibilities. Update the description. Add new projects. Change your groups as you change in your career and move towards new levels. Indicate when you receive a promotion.
  4. Extra, Extra! Headlines. Don’t use something lame for your headline. How would you want to catch a headhunter to look at you if you could only say 10 words? Make it standout. There are thousands of managers – but only one you.
  5. Custom URL. Just do it. Pick your own URL. It’s FREEEEEEE.
  6. Get the app. Make LinkedIn a part of your mobile life and check it more often than you do Snapchat.

Here’s what you SHOULD DO (Set aside some time at Starbucks and go do this in the next month).

  1. Tell your story. Your summary should bring to live the content of your career. Don’t leave that section blank. Spend some time crafting a cool story. Run it by your professional mentor. Send it to your English major friends.
  2. Connect. Add colleagues. Add partners from other organizations. Use connections to broaden your network. Synch your profile with your address book. Add people after a conference.
  3. Endorse your connections. Identify people you’ve worked with and give them the endorsements – which can get them to come endorse you!
  4. Ask for recommendations. Ask a colleague, partner, or manager to write you a recommendation to help advertise your skills.
  5. Add a nice cover photo. Again, visual people. Some more on that here.

Here’s what you COULD DO (If you’re feeling dedicated, what you can do to give yourself an extra edge.)

  1. Share your media. Upload presentations, videos, speeches, or projects that you can share. (Don’t violate company policy though!).
  2. Publish original content. LinkedIn has a vibrant publishing feature and sharing your original work (or content you’ve published elsewhere) is a great way to share your voice.
  3. Post status updates. Share your reactions. Share articles. Repost from influencers. Be active and keep your feed vibrant.

That’s a quick list to get started. So go start your LinkedIn makeover (and I’ll go do the same). Let’s get connected!

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(SOCIAL MEDIA NEWS) Increase your social media reach with this neat new free to use Instagram Stories widget for your company website or personal portfolio site.

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Instagram Stories are a great way to integrate video into your marketing strategy. If you’re already investing time and money in this successful strategy, might as well feature Stories on your website too, right?

Well lucky you, Fastory recently released a free widget to add Instagram Stories directly to your site to feature your nifty marketing efforts on desktop. Even though mobile is still dominant with younger generations, desktop users need some love and access to Stories, too.

Fastory CEO Sylvain Weber noted the “widget is the only one fully based on the brand new Instagram Graph API (no private API, validated by Facebook himself).” This pretty much means Fastory is ahead of the game with the newly opened up API, and are basically development pioneers.

Drive awareness and build loyalty by spreading the wonder of your Instagram Stories far and wide with the Stories Widget. Simply log in to Facebook to get the widget, then sync your Instagram Stories stream.

Next, all you have to do is copy the provided HTML code and paste it on your website. Hooray, now you have a widget that automatically updates your website with your latest Stories.

Keep in mind you’ll need an Instagram Business Account for this to work.

If you have more than one business Instagram linked to Facebook Pages, just select the one you want to use from the drop-down menu when getting the widget code.

You can continue that process to select multiple Instagram accounts and generate widget codes for each of them.

Free for a limited time, you can also utilize the Memories feature, keeping a collection of your Instagram Stories on your site instead of having them disappear after twenty-four hours like usual.

All the Stories featured on your site also include a “follow us” button to encourage user engagement and gain you more followers.

Looking for help jazzing up your Instagram Stories? Fastory was originally created as an easy to use design platform to create and customize Stories.

Their mobile-first marketing suite offers drag & drop design featuring animated headlines crafted in Adobe After Effects, fonts from Google Web Fonts, and motion design.

Story creation and editing is collaborative with varying roles and levels of privileges. Plus, you can track visitors in real time to identify drop off points and areas for improvement. Contact Fastory for Story creation pricing information.

And on the free end of things, check out the Instagram Story Widget.

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